I Want to Be Metropolitan: Boston Case Study

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I Want to be METROPOLITAN is a research project on small scale metropolises, MINI Metropolis, using as a case study to provide a different reading of the city. The study focuses on showing the efforts that the city of has made in order to grow with metropolitan characteristics while remaining at a much smaller scale than cities like New York, London, or Tokyo. The morphology of has been achieved through different metropolitan interventions that occur on different scales. These are divided on an infrastructural scale, urban scale, and architectural scale. By means of analyzing these different aspects, we can compose a vision of a future , or Fictitious , derived from its metropolitan potential.

Tribute to Oscar Niemeyer by Norman Foster

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Yesterday, Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer passed away at 104 . We share with you a tribute to the master written by Lord Norman Foster:

I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of . He was an inspiration to me – and to a generation of architects. Few people get to meet their heroes and I am grateful to have had the chance to spend time with him in Rio last year.

Villa SSK / Takeshi Hirobe Architects

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Architects: Takeshi Hirobe Architects
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Takeshi Hirobe
Structural Engineer: Akira Ouchi /S FORM
Area: 105.05 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Courtesy of Andrés Jaque
Courtesy of Andrés Jaque

‘Phantom. Mies as Rendered Society’ Installation / Andrés Jaque

The “Phantom. Mies as Rendered Society” installation by architect Andrés Jaque… will be on display from December 13th until February 28th at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona. Presented by the Mies van der Rohe Foundation and the

Garden House / Kochi Architect’s Studio

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Architects: Kochi Architect’s Studio
Location: Chofu, Tokyo,
Architect In Charge: Kazuyasu Kochi
Structural Engineer: MI+D architectural structure laboratorylaboratory
Garden: Michiko Tokumitsu / Tokuzou
Constractor: Sugimoto Kogyo co, ltd.
Area: 453.2 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Daichi Ano, Kazuyasu Kochi

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Courtesy of mode:lina architekci

Tube Tank – TRIWA Pop-Up Store / mode:lina architekci

Located at the Poznań Plaza mall in Poland, mode:lina architekci… accepted a challenge to create a temporary store for Swedish watch brand TRIWA. Their goals included using renewable materials, low cost, speed of constructing, and most importantly, to further increase

House VI / NKS Architects

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Architects: NKS Architects
Location: Chikushino, Fukuoka,
Architect In Charge: Noriko + Kaoru Suehiro
Structure: Wood, 1 story
Area: 188.61 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Toshihisa Ishii

Terry Trueblood Boathouse / ASK Studio

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Architects: ASK Studio
Location: Iowa City, Iowa,
Consultants: Snyder & Associates, Shuck-Britson, Farris Engineering
General Contractor: Tricon Construction Group
Area: 1,200 sq ft
Year: 2011
Photographs: Cameron Campbell

Quotes from Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012)

To honor the great Brazilian architect , who died today, we’ve selected few of his inspiring quotes. Take a moment to read his words, which truly advocate architecture’s higher purpose, and remember the great work he accomplished…

Perhaps his most famous quote, which not only describes his work but also his way of life: “I deliberately disregarded the right angle and rationalist architecture designed with ruler and square to boldly enter the world of curves and straight lines offered by reinforced concrete. […] This deliberate protest arose from the environment in which I lived, with its white beaches, its huge mountains, its old baroque churches, and the beautiful suntanned women.”

More after the break:

Istanbul Camlica Mosque Second Prize Winning Proposal / SN Architects

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The main purpose of the design for the Camlica Mosque, which won the second prize in the architectural competition, was to create the largest worship place that has ever been designed, and cover it with one single roof. SN Architects successfully did this by using the load bearing properties of one of the traditional systems that often used “vault systems” and using contemporary architectural and engineering facilities. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Kunsthalle Mannheim Winning Proposal / gmp Architekten

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Just this past Monday, gmp Architekten was awarded the contract to design the new Kunsthalle , a decision made by the Kunsthalle‘s jury. Their winning design portrays a symbolic identity, both on the outside and on the inside. The idea was to create a place that is easily remembered, and which appeals with its functional and urban quality. Analogous to the chess board type layout of ’s inner city, the design is a composition of several cubes, the regularity of which is however broken by an offset arrangement in terms of height and width, and also by the arrangement of squares within the development. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Sycamore House / Kovac Architects

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Architects: Kovac Architects
Location: , California,
Landscape Architect: Pamela Burton & Co.
Year: 2010
Video: Frazer Pogue Collective
Photographs: Lisa Romerein

Cadaques House Remodeling / Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos

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Architects: Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos
Location: Vitacura, Santiago Metropolitan Region,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos

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The Complete Works of Oscar Niemeyer

Niemeyer Center in . Photo © Iñigo Bujedo-Aguirre

With his incredibly prolific portfolio of architecture, sculpture, furniture and design, the late Oscar Niemeyer truly left his mark on Brazil, and the world, over his 104 years. The Brazilian great is proof that quantity needn’t destroy quality.

Check out the extensive list of Niemeyer’s major works, after the break…

Oscar Niemeyer, My Dear Old Friend

, Vinicius de Moraes, his wife Lila, and Tom Jobim

Vinicius de Moraes, a Bossa Nova legend (and composer of “The Girl from Ipanema”), met Oscar Niemeyer at the Café Vermelhinho in Rio de Janeiro in the 1940s. They first worked together on de Moraes’ play, “Orpheus of Conceição,” in 1956 (Niemeyer designed the set). In light of Oscar’s death, we bring you this short text, translated from the original Portugese, that Vinicius wrote in the 60s about his dear friend, Oscar.

There are few testimonials I have read that are as exciting as Oscar Niemeyer’s account of his experience in Brasília. 1  For those who know only the architect, the article could pass as a self-serving defense – the justified revenge of a father who, despite his gentle temperment, fought for his child[, his Brasilia - a city] at the mercy of the world. But for those who know the man, the article takes on even more dramatic proportions. For Oscar is not only the opposite of an activist, he’s one of the most anti-self-promotional beings I’ve met in my life.

His modesty isn’t, as it so often is, a shameful form of vanity. It has nothing to do with his down-to-earth expertise, which Oscar has thanks to his professional value and possibilities. It is the modesty of a creator truly integrated with life, who knows that there is no time to lose, that we need to build beauty and happiness into the world, because the individual is fragile and precarious. This poignant sentiment, of the fragility and precariousness of things, plays in Oscar in a higher key (only further highlighting the dignity of this man and artist); it’s never been a self-serving sentiment, but one for mankind in general, for whom he hopes to make a better future.

Shelf-Pod / Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio

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Architects: Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio
Location: Prefecture,
Design Team: Kazuya Morita, Issei Kawashima
Structure Engineer: Mitsuda Structural Consultant
Construction: Nakano Koumuten
Photographs: Shinichi Watanabe, Ichiro Sugioka

Summit Series’ New Village Will Be A Hub For Innovation

, a popular conference that TechCrunch describes as “Part Burning-Man, Part TED,” has just acquired 10,000 acres outside of , where they hope to develop a “500-home village to foster startups, artists, thinkers, and nonprofits who will build their own version of utopia.”

Summit Series began as a way for young, socially-conscious entrepreneurs across all types of industries to gather, brainstorm ways to make their business/non-profit better, and partake in fun activities; however, it soon gained prominence as notable keynote speakers (from Richard Branson to Bill Clinton) began joining in and spreading the word.

The idea behind the purchase is to offer a more permanent-home base for the innovative conference-goers, who usually only meet for 4 days a year, so they can network and “think big” 365 days a year. It will be the built expression of the collaboration and innovation that the Summit Series aims to inspire (think Silicon Valley tucked up in the Mountains). As Summit Series investor Tim Chang explains: “The community portion — the networking, the people — that could be even more valuable than just the straight return on investment for a vacation property.”

According to TechCrunch, “every aspect of the new village will be open to social experimentation,” which leads us to wonder – which architect would be best suited to design this hyper-social village of young innovators? Perhaps BIG or Michel Rojkind Arquitectos? Let us know who you’d like to see design this utopian village in the comments below.

Story via TechCrunch 

Hornsbergs Strandpark / Nyréns Arkitektkontor

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Architects: Nyréns Arkitektkontor
Location: Kungsholmen, ,
Landscape Architect: Nyréns Arkitektkontor through Bengt Isling (Project architect), Jacob Almberg, Ronny Brox, Magdalena Franciskovic, Cecilia Jarlöv. Ulrika Lilliehöök, Staffan Malm, Peter Kinnmark Architect MAA
Constructor Park: Omniplan Cornelis Oskamp
Year: 2012
Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman